Monday, August 31, 2015
"What assures that state operatives will behave well?"
"No, that wouldn't solve the problem. I'm against all government."
Saturday, August 29, 2015
If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong. (Lincoln)
If self-ownership is not right, nothing is right.(Suggested reading: Michael Huemer, "Moral Knowledge," excerpted from Ethical Intuitionism. Also, Murray N. Rothbard, The Ethics of Liberty.)
Relatedly, I talked about libertarian class analysis with Scott Horton: here.
Friday, August 28, 2015
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Monday, August 24, 2015
Sunday, August 23, 2015
One thing that bothers me about the idea of limited government is how unlimited it is. After all the acknowledged illegitimate departments are eliminated, what's left? Only the IRS (perhaps under another name), the police/courts/prison complex, and the military. Lovers of liberty are supposed to be comforted by that program? Those are the three most threatening parts of the state -- and they are left standing! (Minarchists may object that I assume the taxman won't face unemployment, but have no doubts about this. A monopoly state without the power to tax is as imaginable as a square circle.) I'd feel much better if all that remained were the department of motor vehicles and the bureau of weights and measures.
Minarchists may try to reassure us that the remaining departments will be strictly limited by a constitution. To evaluate that claim, consult the Public Choice literature and the work of Anthony de Jasay. Also American history.